Polling Places Open Across Nebraska: Guidelines for Voting

By: Courtesy: Secretary of State John Gale
By: Courtesy: Secretary of State John Gale

Polls are opening across Nebraska so voters can answer the final and most important poll on who they want to be president and who they want to represent them in Washington and Lincoln.

The polls are opening at 8 a.m. Central and 7 a.m. Mountain and are scheduled to close 12 hours later.

Republican Mitt Romney is expected to handily win the state, although there's a chance President Barack Obama could repeat what he did four years ago and take the electoral vote for Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District.

There's keen interest in the U.S. Senate race to replace Democrat Ben Nelson. Former Gov. and Sen. Bob Kerrey returned to Nebraska from New York to run. Republican state Sen. Deb Fischer is his opponent.

For some voters, there’s nothing like the experience of actually going to the polls on Election Day.

As Nebraskans cast their ballots, Secretary of State John Gale is offering some important reminders.

--Check your voter registration and polling place. People can check the status of their voter registration and location of their polling place by contacting their county election office or logging onto https://www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/.

--Change of address. If a registered voter has moved within a county (out of their former precinct) and not updated their registration, the person should go to the polling place associated with their current residence. The person will be required to vote a provisional ballot.

--Be prepared. Before going to the polls, the voter should become informed about the candidates and issues on the ballot. Sample ballots are printed in newspapers and posted on county websites. Mark and take the sample ballot with you to the polling place.

--Conduct at the polls. To maintain proper decorum at the polls, it is requested that people turn off their cell phones.

--Campaigning prohibited. Campaign items such as buttons, stickers and T-shirts are not allowed in a polling place. It is illegal to campaign within 200 feet of a polling site.

--Voter identification. Identification is not required for voters other than those who have registered for the first time by mail. They will be informed prior to Election Day about bringing a document that shows their name and current address. Identification at the polling place is not required of any other voters.

“These guidelines are not complicated by any means, but they should help people have an efficient and effective voting experience. We want to make sure all votes are counted,” said Gale. “By making sure you are registered in the right place, educating yourself on the candidates and issues, and of course, bringing identification if needed, will help ensure that.”

Polls are open on Election Day from 8 a.m. CDT (7 a.m. MDT) to 8 p.m. CDT (7 p.m. MDT).
They are often busiest the first thing in the morning and later in the day when voters are going to and from work, so the best time to go is late morning or early afternoon.

Do you plan on voting in the 2012 Election?

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